Language in meetings

In conversation, native speakers tend to use phrasal verbs in opposition to the more formal Latinate verb. A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and a preposition with a different meaning from the original main verb. Instead of saying "Iíll arrange a meeting with our building services engineer", Tim Smith just said: "Iíll set up a meeting with our building services engineer."

Some compounds are used literally and translate directly into German, like "Iíd have to find out exactly which ones might be appropriate", and are easily understood. Others with figurative and idiomatic meaning, such as "Weíd like to go green," are far more difficult to understand.

Complete the dialogue between the architect and the building services engineer by choosing the correct preposition. Then listen to the conversation to check your results.

Tim: So, thatís the preliminary design. Now letís take a look at the building services.

Frank: Hang ! Where did you say the plant room was?

Tim: Well, itís here. Do you think youíll be able to get with this slightly limited space?

Frank: Hmm, Iím not sure. But tell me first what youíve got in mind.

Tim: For hot water and heating, Iíd like to suggest using solar collectors and a pellet burner to cover peak loads.

Frank: Yes, that always works well. Weíve just taken a solar expert. Iíll have to ask her to put in some extra hours for this project. Weíll have to draw some new plans and work the costs.

Tim: Talking about costs. Naturally the client is on a tight budget. Iíd really like to put a list comparing the costs of a conventional building and what weíve got in mind here. Of course, this should take into account the buildingís total life cycle.

Frank: Thatís no problem at all. Letís try and keep the budget. Eco construction doesnít have to add to more, quite the opposite, we could even try to bring the total cost.

Tim: Thanks, Frank. Weíre definitely on the same wavelength again. Letís set a meeting for this time next week. Iíll look to hearing what youíve come .


Tim: So, thatís the preliminary design. Now letís take a look at the building services.

Frank:Hang on! Where did you say the plant room was?

Tim: Well, itís here. Do you think youíll be able to get by with this slightly limited space?

Frank:Hmm, Iím not sure. But tell me first what youíve got in mind.

Tim:For hot water and heating, Iíd like to suggest using solar collectors and a pellet burner to cover peak loads.

Frank:Yes, that always works well. Weíve just taken on a solar expert. Iíll have to ask her to put in some extra hours for this project. Weíll have to draw up some new plans and work out the costs

Tim:Talking about costs. Naturally the client is on a tight budget. Iíd really like to put together a list comparing the costs of a conventional building and what weíve got in mind here. Of course, this should take into account the buildingís total life cycle.

Frank:Thatís no problem at all. Letís try and keep to the budget. Eco construction doesnít have to add up to more, quite the opposite, we could even try to bring down the total cost.

Tim: Thanks, Frank. Weíre definitely on the same wavelength again. Letís set up a meeting for this time next week. Iíll look forward to hearing what youíve come up with.

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